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80CX100 last won the day on January 6

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    2003 V11 Lemans 2007 Griso 2008 CalVin 1980 CX100 Lemans 1979 G5
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    Kinburn, Ontario, Canada

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  1. I'm sure that upon close examination there would be many differences including the fine details of cooling, combustion chamber design etc, but the op's topic was about guzzi's design being inspired by automotive practices. It definitely appears that at some point, someone in Italy looked at the American V8 and recognized that copying the basic design from the back 2 cylinders to the rear end made a lot of sense in a motorcycle, and it does. fwiw
  2. It's been discussed many times in the past, so I'm surprised no one has mentioned it here. The guzzi engine is basically the last 2 cylinders of the old Chevy 350 V8, ie. 90 degrees, low compression, 2 small valves, pushrods, rocker arms, going back to a dry clutch, tranny and drive shaft. fwiw
  3. I may have ridden on Avons once 40+ yrs ago, but since starting to ride again after a 30 yr hiatus, I haven't had them. I know the racing guys in VRRA, especially those riding old smaller bikes with taller, narrower tires, are fanatical about their Avons. Apparently some of the higher end racing styles, aren't regularly imported into Canada and the riders have to jump through all sorts of hoops and spend big coin to get them; and they're glad when they can score a set and get the Avons they want on their bikes. fwiw
  4. It's way above my pay grade and I don't know how they do it, but I have read discussions on WG, that some guys have been able to run guzzidiag on tablets. fwiw idk?
  5. If there's a selection of condensers available to you, you may want to go with a name brand or made in a country with a reputation for better quality control, higher price? etc. I've read that some of the new off shore replacements are poor, and a 50/50 coin toss if they'll work. fwiw good luck
  6. What are you running for coils? Iirc the Dyna 5 ohms (black) can stand a little ignition on time without discharging the power, but that it doesn't take long for the 3 ohms coils (green?) to overheat and go udders up. fwiw good luck
  7. Guzzimax, not many other bikes intrigue me, but I like the look of that MT01, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on it compared to your guzzis. They're as rare as hen's teeth in Canada, they may not have sold a lot of them, but they've definitely got a cult status thing going now. Glad to hear you describe it as heavy to push around compared to the V11, helps quell the jonesing a bit, lol.
  8. Yup the Magni fairing is a beauty; but my understanding is that the lines and fit are so tight that you're restricted to the Magni bars or similar type clip ons and that higher bars or MPH risers won't work if a need for improved ergos bars may be in your future. fwiw ymmv
  9. I didn't realize that Yokohama was putting out car tires. Iirc the Yokohama factory and production was taken over, and continues under the Shinko brand name; they have a reasonable reputation and are very affordable, I've got one set on a bike, no complaints. Right now I'm riding on some type of Michelin Pilots on my CalVin and picked up Conti Road Attack 3's for the V11; I'm not expecting great mileage, but I'm hoping they live up to the hype in regards to ride and stiction. Old respected brands used to be a guarantee of a standard of quality, not anymore. In the new world economy, buyer beware when it comes to tires. Some well known names may have 3 or 4 different countries producing tires under the brand name, they are not all the same quality and standard.
  10. I've never had the header pipes off my V11, but the first time I removed the headers from my first Tonti round fin, I was shocked to see that the exhaust gasket was missing. I even rooted around with a thin screw driver, but there was none there, I checked and double checked a few times. I put in new exhaust gaskets and it seemed fine, but I continually had problems with loosening header nuts and exhaust leaks. About a year later, I read about other owners that had missed the exhaust gaskets, so the very next big service I double checked, and this time I actually dug in with a hooked dental style pick and sure enough, I dug out 2 gaskets on each side. The OEM gasket was really baked in with smooth carbon, it appeared as one with the head, to my old eyes anyways,lol. fwiw good luck with it
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nEboAQNcQ I've got no desire nor the time, to get into circular arguments or a pissing match; but if you're inclined and you have an hour, this interview with Dr Patrick Moore one of the original founding members of Greenpeace is enlightening. His credibility and scientific background cuts through a ton of eco hysteria crap. I was just forced to spend a little under $10k to remove a perfectly functioning HW tank & high efficiency furnace and a double walled composite furnace oil tank and haul them off to the dump; logically that somehow doesn't seem good for the environment, but it's a losing proposition when the powers that be, climb onto the eco green wagon. fwiw ymmv
  12. 80CX100

    Dr. John

    I've read about Dr John a few times, but that was the most detailed for me so far. I wish the whole article was there, I'm too cheap to subscribe,lol. 2 numbers jumped out at me, 166 mph and 347 lbs, pretty impressive. Tks very much for posting that link
  13. I apologize if I've falsely raised hopes for short frame owners, this worked for me on that hidden grease nipple on my LONG frame bike. Imho, if there is any coupling that MAY work on short frames, this would be it. Take a look at the photo on this link below; that short 4" pipe to the left on the 180 degree swivel coupling with the spring over it, has male threads on both ends;remove it; you now have a 180 degree swivel with female threads. Remove the coupling from whatever type of grease gun you have, exposing the male threads and screw the 180 swivel on, in it's place. On my LONG frame, I could see the top of that hidden grease fitting, but it was welded in so close to the shoulder of the driveshaft, I needed a coupling approximately 45-60 degrees (WAG), this cheap swivel worked like a charm for me, on my LONG frame; I make no promises it will work on a SHORT frame, but for $10 Canadian funds, I'd take the gamble and try, fwiw ymmv. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-180-degree-swivel-grease-gun-coupler-0282760p.html
  14. I can't upload photos here and it's now taken apart and put away, sorry. To get it to fit onto my grease gun, I unscrewed the coupling from the end of my grease gun leaving a npt ? male threaded end; I then unscrewed the straight pipe/spring assembly npt? from the 180 swivel; the female npt? threaded swivel then screwed right onto my grease gun. Does that make sense? I needed to remove the little pipe (both ends were male threaded) so the female threaded swivel could easily attach to the grease gun male threaded end, that the original coupling had been attached to.
  15. I danced around that one hidden grease fitting forever, I had slim couplings, 90 degrees, side fit 90 degrees, 360 swivels,needles, etc, etc. I bought every possible coupling fitting I could find locally. Nothing worked. Here's the one that finally worked for me. It's a very cheap made in China 180 swivel, I had to disassemble it, and only used the swivel part on my grease gun, but very gratifying instant success. I'm sure that your local Harbour Freight or similar store probably has something like this, fwiw fyi https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-180-degree-swivel-grease-gun-coupler-0282760p.html
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